20 People Come Forward To Donate Kidney - The Reykjavik Grapevine

20 People Come Forward To Donate Kidney

Published March 13, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Kristján Kristjánsson

20 people have reached out to the Icelandic man who went on Facebook yesterday to ask for help finding a kidney donor, reports Vísir.

Kristján Kristjánsson was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy ten years ago and his kidneys currently operate at 5% capacity.

“[I don’t know the people who came forward.] They are just good Icelanders who are ready to help a guy out,” said Kristján. “I think it’s incredible that people are prepared to do something like this.”

Kristján decided to get proactive after two years on a waiting list for a new kidney. The idea to go on Facebook to ask for a kidney came from a nurse he knows.

When asked if it was hard to ask for a kidney donor Kristján said it was extremely difficult because he had not really spoken about his illness publicly before. Kristján also added that it was not a given he would accept a kidney right off the bat as it is a big decision for both him and the donor.


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